Opening and closings songs on albums tend to carry a lot of meaning, at least in regard to the album itself, and typically are some of the best songs of an album. Opening songs can set a tone and a mood, and something which the rest of the album can build on, and closings songs often wrap everything together, or breath new life into it.
So, what are some songs which open and close albums that your like, or think are particularly outstanding?
Ellegarden tends to have a real knack for closing songs, these three in particular are outstanding.
"Marie" on Eleven Firecrackers
"BBQ Riot Song" on Riot On The Grill
"Good Morning Kids" on Pepperoni Quattro
Asian Kung-Fu Generation has a few good intros, and their opening song is usually part of a pair with the second track on the album.
"Flashback" on Kimi Tsunagi Five M
"Shindoukaku" on Sol-fa
"Angou no Waltz" on Fanclub
"World World World" on World World World.
Their only closing song which really stands out to me is the thematic "Atarashii Sekai" on World World World.
OYA has consistently produced good opening songs, including "Atari ha Koko", "Mata Ashita", and "Coin Laundry", and a fantastic closing song entited "JN", which ends a relatively calm EP with song which builds energy.
9mm Parabellum Bullet has always fallen short as far as openings and closings go, but the ending on their album Termination is amazing. For a band which has founded itself of playing fast, violent music, the song "Punishment" goes far and beyond their usual insanity.